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    02-21-2011, 07:26 PM
  #1
Foal
Is she in foal?

I think my Shetland Pony mare may be in foal. I'm not sure though, because I don't think she has been with any stallions. I know there are a few geldings who are currently int he pen with her, and a few months ago there was an older colt who wasn't a gelding yet in there, so that's why I am a little worried. I noticed that she might be because she was getting a big belly on her, which is usually normal, but this was abnormally large. At first I just shook it off and thought it was hay belly or something, but as I was grooming her, I noticed that her udders were a lot larger than normal and hard. Is this a sign? What other signs should I look for? Do you think she is likely in foal? OH And her vet check comes in a couple of months, and I called the vet and she said to wait and see in a couple of weeks, but that was before I noticed her udders.
Thanks for answering.
     
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    02-21-2011, 08:09 PM
  #2
Trained
There is no way to know by that description whether she may or may not be in foal. There is no way to tell by pictures if she is in foal unless she is giving birth and the feet have already presented.

The only way to know is to have a vet out. The sooner the better.
     
    02-22-2011, 01:03 AM
  #3
Weanling
I'm sure you are aware of this, but I thought I'd throw it out there any way...

If the colt was not also a Shetland (or some other breed of similar size), you will want to abort the pregnancy as soon as possible. If he was signifigantly larger, she won't be able to birth such a large foal and you will have many, many risks and complications! Neither the foal nor the mare may survive birthing. I've unfortunately had to witness this happen in the case that the father was larger than the mare enough so that the foal was too large for the mare to give birth to. The mare was luckily saved, only because her owner had a camera set up in her stall with a team of people to keep 24/7 watch, and was able to call the vet out. The foal did not survive. It was suffocated.
     
    02-22-2011, 01:12 AM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by NdAppy    
There is no way to know by that description whether she may or may not be in foal. There is no way to tell by pictures if she is in foal unless she is giving birth and the feet have already presented.

The only way to know is to have a vet out. The sooner the better.
Very true ND, very true

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Originally Posted by DressageIsToDance    
I'm sure you are aware of this, but I thought I'd throw it out there any way...

If the colt was not also a Shetland (or some other breed of similar size), you will want to abort the pregnancy as soon as possible.
If she was bred several months ago then it's probably a bit late to be thinking about ending the pregnancy.

I would have the vet check her, so you know for sure and can start planning if you have a foal on the way
     
    02-22-2011, 10:44 AM
  #5
Foal
Oh I forgot to add, the only horses that have ever been in her pen are Shetlands and Miniatures, (THANK THE LORD!)
So I wasn't worried about that, she has been bred before and never had any problems, I was just wondering what signs I should look for, and the vet comes out every season (fall, winter, spring, summer) to check the whole herd of Shetlands/minis so I was just going to wait until then to see, to save her a trip. She comes in about 2 months. Do you think I could wait until then?
     
    02-22-2011, 12:10 PM
  #6
Weanling
I wouldn't wait. If it's looking like she might be pregnant and there was an ungelded pony with her, it's in her best interest to insure a healthy pregnancy. Especially if it's too late for you to abort.
     
    02-22-2011, 12:26 PM
  #7
Banned
From the horses you have listed in your profile it looks like your family breeds quite a bit.
     
    02-22-2011, 01:18 PM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DressageIsToDance    
I'm sure you are aware of this, but I thought I'd throw it out there any way...

If the colt was not also a Shetland (or some other breed of similar size), you will want to abort the pregnancy as soon as possible. If he was signifigantly larger, she won't be able to birth such a large foal and you will have many, many risks and complications! Neither the foal nor the mare may survive birthing. I've unfortunately had to witness this happen in the case that the father was larger than the mare enough so that the foal was too large for the mare to give birth to. The mare was luckily saved, only because her owner had a camera set up in her stall with a team of people to keep 24/7 watch, and was able to call the vet out. The foal did not survive. It was suffocated.
This isn't true in most cases only the very occational one have complications like any other foaling. The vast amjority of mares the foal will only grow as big as the mare can carry and deliver and afterwards the foal will grow really fast. The case that you witnessed was one of the few unfortunite ones in the minority.

To the OP good luck what ever happens.
     
    02-22-2011, 05:55 PM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
From the horses you have listed in your profile it looks like your family breeds quite a bit.
Only 3 times, but if you call that a lot than sure. We board at a Shetland Pony breeding farm so we've bred Star and Cocoa a few times, but we sell the foals usually. If she was bred, it would be OK because she's only 10 years old and has never been with a stallion that's bigger than her. Actually, I don't think she's even met a full-sized horse in her life... :P ... We're having the vet out in one month, we made the appt today. I can't wait to find out. Is there any other way I could find out before then or at least have a clue?
     
    02-22-2011, 06:40 PM
  #10
Trained
No there is no other real way to know for sure other then her giving birth.
     

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